Coal ash removal at Sutton Plant underway

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Crews are working to remove some of the coal ash from Wilmington’s Sutton Plant.

A spokesman with Duke Energy said five trucks carrying about 16-18 tons of coal ash will leave the plant daily for the Brickhaven mine location in Chatham County. That number will increase to 13-15 trucks later this month. The spokesman said ash will be transported by rail once work is completed on a rail spur in a few weeks. The Brickhaven site was a clay mine that will be lined with barriers to keep and maintain the coal ash.

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The majority of the coal ash at the plant will stay at the plant and placed in a fully lined landfill. Officials said work on that landfill will begin in the coming months.